- Donald Trump accepted the commencement of the transition process but maintained he will continue fighting
- Trump's acceptance came hours after a federal agency, GSA, that is tasked with kickstarting presidential transitions recognised Joe Biden as the apparent winner
- Additionally, the state of Michigan certified Biden's presidential win on Monday, November 23, further slimming Trump's chances of retaining the presidency
United States (US) President Donald Trump has changed tune and said the transition to president-elect Joe Biden can formally begin.
Trump, who has been adamant to concede defeat two weeks after the former vice president was declared the projected winner, accepted the commencement of the transition process shortly after a US federal agency, General Services Administration (GSA) recognised Biden as the winner.
According to the BBC and other international media outlets, the GSA which is tasked with facilitating presidential transitions named Biden as the "apparent winner" of the concluded elections on Monday, November 23.
An Administrator of the GSA, Emily Murphy who is interestingly a Trump appointee and has been on the receiving end in recent days for delaying the transition process, availed funds and classified information to Biden's team ahead of his official takeover of the presidency in January 2021.
She also defended her delay in beginning the process saying the incumbent did not influence her decision to slow down the transition but only did it due to the legal cases surrounding the election.
Trump's acceptance of transition
Shortly after GSA recognised Biden as the apparent winner, Trump took to his Twitter to announce he would not stand in the way of the transition to Biden's presidency but will, nevertheless, "keep up the good fight".
Trump said for the sake of the country, he had allowed Murphy and her team to "do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols" adding he had also advised his team to follow suit.
The president-elect's team welcomed the decision to formally kick off the transition and said it was a needed step in light of the challenges that America was facing.
Trump's acceptance came hours after the state of Michigan certified Biden's win and further ends the protracted standoff in the transition process.
As reported by Briefly.co.za, the US head of state got a slap in the face after a Pennsylvania judge tossed out his lawsuit in which he had sought to overturn Biden's win in the state.
US District Court Judge Matthew Brann said the US president's legal team had failed to provide solid evidence on their claims of voting fraud.
Brann noted the court was only provided with "strained legal arguments" which could not, at the very least, "justify the disenfranchisement of a single voter" in Pennsylvania.
Out of 538 Electoral votes that ultimately determine who gets to the White House, Biden is leading with a massive 302 votes while the incumbent comes a distant second with 232 votes.
Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021.
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Source: Briefly News